LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Players for the Iowa Hawkeyes line up to take the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Iowa and Mississippi State will ring in the New Year in the Outback Bowl on January 1. They will be the first college football game to kick off in 2019.Both programs completed solid, if not spectacular regular seasons. The Hawkeyes and Bulldogs both went 8-4, so win No. 9 is the goal in this one on both sidelines.ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg released his prediction for the game earlier today.Here it is:Both of these teams underachieved a bit this season. Both are talented at the line of scrimmage and can shut down opposing offenses. Mississippi State is the pick because of defensive line tandem Montez Sweat and Jeffrey Simmons, who force Iowa’s Nathan Stanley into some mistakes. Tight end Noah Fant’s absence also hurts the Hawkeyes in this one.Prediction: Mississippi State 28, Iowa 17You can see all of Rittenberg’s bowl predictions here.Mississippi State and Iowa will kick off at noon ET on Jan. 1 from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.ESPN2 will broadcast the game.